Jack Reynor

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Jack Reynor
Jack Reynor DIFF 2016.jpg
Reynor in 2016
Born (1992-01-23) 23 January 1992 (age 27)
Nationality
  • American
  • Irish
Occupation
  • Actor
  • director
  • writer
Years active2000–present

Jack Reynor (born 23 January 1992) is an American-born Irish actor. His notable roles include the lead in Lenny Abrahamson's film What Richard Did (2012), for which he won an IFTA Award for Best Film Actor; the blockbuster Transformers: Age of Extinction; Glassland, for which he won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival; Macbeth; Sing Street; Midsommar; and the CBS All Access streaming series Strange Angel.

Early life[edit]

Reynor was born in Longmont, Colorado, and initially lived in Boulder with his mother, Tara, a native of Ireland.[1] When he was two years old, he moved with her to Valleymount, County Wicklow, Ireland.[1][2] He went to primary school in the local village and spent his formative years in the rural countryside with his mother and maternal grandparents, Pat and Damien Reynor.[3] Reynor's mother is a human rights activist.[4]

His interest in acting began when he played an altar boy on the set of Country, directed by Kevin Liddy, in 1999. He moved to Dublin in 2004 to attend Belvedere College, a private Jesuit school, where he performed onstage in numerous theatrical productions.

Career[edit]

In early 2010, he was cast as Robbie, "the boy next door", in the live format, unscripted Dollhouse, directed by Kirsten Sheridan, which premiered at Berlinale 2012.[5] He depicted Richard Karlsen in Lenny Abrahamson's feature What Richard Did, which screened at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film portrays the fall of a high school rugby star and golden boy whose world unravels after his involvement in an act of careless violence. Reynor earned the Irish Film and Television Academy (IFTA) award for best actor in 2013 for his performance, which paved the way for his booking as a smiling barista in the DreamWorks comedy-drama Delivery Man opposite Vince Vaughn.

In January 2013, Reynor was cast as Shane, an Irish race car driver, in Transformers: Age of Extinction, the fourth film in the Transformers series.[6][7][8] The film was released in June 2014 and co-starred Mark Wahlberg and Nicola Peltz. The feature shattered worldwide box office records, making just over $1.1 billion and becoming the highest-grossing movie in Chinese history.[9]

Reynor smiling
Reynor in 2014

Days after wrapping the T4 global press tour, Reynor travelled to London to shoot Andy Serkis' Netflix film, Mowgli, alongside Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The feature uses cutting-edge facial recognition technology that has been specifically invented for the project. Also that year, Reynor starred in upcoming writer/director Gerard Barrett's film Glassland with Toni Collette and Will Poulter, in which he plays a young taxi driver who struggles to instill a sense of structure in his life while his mother suffers from severe alcoholism. The film was released early 2015 and earned Reynor the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival.[10] After Glassland, Reynor shot Julian Jarrold's romantic comedy, A Royal Night Out.[11] His role opposite Sarah Gadon was the character RAF airman Jack, the young Princess Elizabeth's fictional romantic interest during the V.E. Day celebrations in 1945.

Reynor starred with Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and David Thewlis as Malcolm Canmore,[12] the rightful heir to the throne, in The Weinstein Company's feature film Macbeth,[13] directed by Justin Kurzel, which earned an unprecedented ten-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival[14] and premiered in Edinburgh in September 2015. Following on from the Scottish Film, Reynor next completed shooting John Carney's project playing Brendan in Sing Street,[15] set in 1980s Dublin. It premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

He appeared in the 2017 mini-series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams and the 2018 drama film On the Basis of Sex, and then starred in the 2019 horror film Midsommar alongside Florence Pugh.

Personal life[edit]

Reynor has a younger brother and sister.[16] Reynor owns homes in Detroit, Los Angeles and Ireland. As of 2014, he is engaged to Irish fitness and fashion model Madeline Mulqueen.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Country Altar Boy
2010 Three Wise Women Colin TV movie
2012 Dollhouse Robbie
Chasing Leprechauns Tommy Riley TV movie
What Richard Did Richard Karlsen
Stella Michael Short
2013 Car Film Martin Short
Cold Rory
Delivery Man Josh
2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Shane Dyson
Glassland John
2015 A Royal Night Out Jack
Macbeth Malcolm
2016 Sing Street Brendan Lawlor
Free Fire Harry
The Secret Scripture Michael McNulty
2017 The Man with the Iron Heart Jozef Gabčík
Detroit Ronald August
Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams Brian Norton Episode: "Impossible Planet"
2018–present Strange Angel Jack Parsons Series regular
2018 Kin Jimmy Solinski
On the Basis of Sex Jim Bozarth
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Brother Wolf Motion capture
2019 Midsommar Christian Hughes
Bainne Short film
Director and writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tara Brady, "Wandering Jack", The Irish Times, 8 December 1012
  2. ^ Roe McDermott. "Interview". Hot Press. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Irish actor Jack Reynor talks 'Transformers 4 '- the kid who Michael Bay thinks is 'pretty ballsy'". IrishCentral.com. 23 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Hollywood actor Jack Reynor's mother thrown out of Sinn Féin". Independent.ie.
  5. ^ "Dollhouse: Berlin Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike. "Jack Reynor To Co-Star In 'Transformers 4', Michael Bay Says". Deadline.com. Retrieved 1 December 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  7. ^ "Jack Reynor Lands Starring Role in Transformers 4". The Hollywood Reporter. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Jack Reynor Takes Transformers 4 Lead". ComingSoon.net. 8 January 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  9. ^ "Variety T4 Chinese Box Office". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  10. ^ "2015 Sundance Film Festival Announces Frature Film Awards". Sundance.org. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  11. ^ "A Royal Night Out details". IMDb. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Famous Scots – Malcolm Canmore". Rampantscotland.com. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Macbeth 2015 details". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Revolver director Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' feature film closes 68th Cannes Film Festival". Campaign Brief Australia. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  15. ^ "IMDB Sing Street details". Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Jack Reynor on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 9 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Irish actor Jack Reynor and model Madeline Mulqueen are engaged", Irish Independent, 12 March 2014.
  18. ^ "Jack Reynor Engagement Party – Transformers star and fianceé Madeline Mulqueen hold a secret soirée in Dublin". evoke.ie. 27 May 2014.

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